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post #1 of 15 Old 01-21-2013, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Help identifying a thrush product (or suggestions on what to use for thrush)

My horse has some thrush in her hooves and I was told by mentor/friend that I could get a solution from a farm or ranch supply store. She couldnt remember the name but it is in a clear bottle, shaped like a catchup bottle, with a blue label and contains iodine. I have tried two different stores and have not found this product. Anyone know this product or the name of it?


She did say there could be a possibility that the store is out of it because a lot of people are having issues with thrush right now I guess. She also said I could mix water with iodine that I can get from orchlens.

I have found a product by Absorbine called Hooflex Thrush Remedy bactericidal + fungicidal


Thanks for the help in advance and sorry for grammar mistakes. I did try to proof read it but i am on my phone and may not have caught them.
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-21-2013, 01:36 PM
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Not sure what it is ur looking for in a clear bottle, and never used the absorbine stuff. We always used coppertox or a version of it. Comes in a white bottle with green writting
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Sorry you're going through this. If you search this forum, you'll see a lot of threads on thrush, and there tend to be a few common schools of thought:
1. A bleach solution approach- many swear by it, some fear it will cause damage to healthy tissue.
2. Natural products like apple cider vinegar (ACV) or raw honey- rinsing with diluted ACV, and then smearing on honey (or packing hoofs with honey-soaked cotton). They don't need to be used together, some use one vs. the other, some use both.
3. "Over the counter" products like Thrush Buster or other liquids like what you're describing above (though sorry, I don't know the name of the product you're describing).
4. Dry Thrush products, like "No Thrush"-this is a dry, powdered product in a bottle that squirts into cracks and crevices. The reasoning is that if thrush is made worse by damp, moist conditions, why would you want to add more moisture.
5. "Pete's Goo"- a mixture of human athlete's foot cream (you need the "Lotrimin" type or generic) and antibiotic ointment (in a 1:1 ratio) that you mix up yourself, stuff into an empty syringe, and then load into cracks.

Personally, I've had thrush problems on and off for months with my mare. I tried the ACV, honey, and liquid over the counter treatments like Thrush Buster and saw no real improvement. I had periods when the No Thrush did seem to help, and I find that useful for preventative maintenance, but it's not universal. I have been using the Pete's Goo in the past two weeks and am actually seeing good results. I have personally avoided bleach-based solutions as I'm leery of hurting healthy tissue, though again, many here swear by it.

Underlying all of this is your horse's nutrition and diet. I am not an expert in that, so will not comment, except to say there really is a connection and you need to be sure diet is in order to support healthy feet.

I am neither a vet nor a farrier, so if you have a severe case, I would definitely urge you to talk with either of them so they can advise you on your horse. Good luck researching your options and helping your horse!
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If there is just a little gunk, usually thoroughly picking out the horse's hooves and making sure the stall/field is clean (no poop, pee, mud) will be enough, along with a good diet.
I've never had a thrush problem. IMO some people mistake natural smells, or a small amount of gunk, for thrush when it's not. A lot of times they then treat the foot, kill the "good" bacteria in the hoof and then other infections can thrive and flourish and BAM, you have a thrush prone horse. If you are concerned about the hooves, first thing first, is talk to your farrier or vet before starting any kind of treatment.

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She might be referring to Thrush-XX. When I pulled Excel's pads off after a rainy season I used Thrush Buster with great success.
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Sorry you're going through this. If you search this forum, you'll see a lot of threads on thrush, and there tend to be a few common schools of thought:
1. A bleach solution approach- many swear by it, some fear it will cause damage to healthy tissue.
2. Natural products like apple cider vinegar (ACV) or raw honey- rinsing with diluted ACV, and then smearing on honey (or packing hoofs with honey-soaked cotton). They don't need to be used together, some use one vs. the other, some use both.
3. "Over the counter" products like Thrush Buster or other liquids like what you're describing above (though sorry, I don't know the name of the product you're describing).
4. Dry Thrush products, like "No Thrush"-this is a dry, powdered product in a bottle that squirts into cracks and crevices. The reasoning is that if thrush is made worse by damp, moist conditions, why would you want to add more moisture.
5. "Pete's Goo"- a mixture of human athlete's foot cream (you need the "Lotrimin" type or generic) and antibiotic ointment (in a 1:1 ratio) that you mix up yourself, stuff into an empty syringe, and then load into cracks.

Personally, I've had thrush problems on and off for months with my mare. I tried the ACV, honey, and liquid over the counter treatments like Thrush Buster and saw no real improvement. I had periods when the No Thrush did seem to help, and I find that useful for preventative maintenance, but it's not universal. I have been using the Pete's Goo in the past two weeks and am actually seeing good results. I have personally avoided bleach-based solutions as I'm leery of hurting healthy tissue, though again, many here swear by it.

Underlying all of this is your horse's nutrition and diet. I am not an expert in that, so will not comment, except to say there really is a connection and you need to be sure diet is in order to support healthy feet.

I am neither a vet nor a farrier, so if you have a severe case, I would definitely urge you to talk with either of them so they can advise you on your horse. Good luck researching your options and helping your horse!
Thanks for your post I will check out some of the other threads on this topic aswell. Right now she is being fed alfalfa hay and grain but I might take another look at that in the next couple of days and get other people's opinions.
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Thrush (like athelete's foot) loves dark, damp, airless places, so above all try to keep them picked out and dry. All us old timers use betadine to disinfect and dry out the sole and frog, everyday when it's wet, if necessary. Just paint it on with a small brush.
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If there is just a little gunk, usually thoroughly picking out the horse's hooves and making sure the stall/field is clean (no poop, pee, mud) will be enough, along with a good diet.
I've never had a thrush problem. IMO some people mistake natural smells, or a small amount of gunk, for thrush when it's not. A lot of times they then treat the foot, kill the "good" bacteria in the hoof and then other infections can thrive and flourish and BAM, you have a thrush prone horse. If you are concerned about the hooves, first thing first, is talk to your farrier or vet before starting any kind of treatment.

Good luck!
I am going to start cleaning her pen and stall every night to get rid of anything wet. We had snow not long ago and it took forever to melt and then it kept the ground wet in some areas so she probably go it from that moisture. She got her feet trimmed yesterday and the lady who did it said it was thrush. So I do know for sure that it is thrush.
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Clean Trax. My farrier recommended it for a client horse that had white line. It did the job. I liked that it was a one time treatment. It is supposed to work for thrush as well.

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Thrush (like athelete's foot) loves dark, damp, airless places, so above all try to keep them picked out and dry. All us old timers use betadine to disinfect and dry out the sole and frog, everyday when it's wet, if necessary. Just paint it on with a small brush.
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Can you get betadine at a place like walmart or walgreens or do you find it more at tractor/ feed / farm supply stores? This is what I am wanting to use as from what I have been told and read it seems to work the best while still being safe.
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